Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 7 - Mar. 6, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 7 – Mar. 6, 2010


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes


7] Canvasing the Movement – thru Jan. 31

8] Stop anti-wind turbine legislation – Jan. 7          

9] First Thursday demo – Jan. 7

10] Peace Action meeting – Jan. 7

11] Crabshell Alliance meeting — Jan. 7

12] Phil Wheaton is speaking – Jan. 7

13] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Jan. 8

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Jan. 8

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 8          

16] White House vigil – Jan. 8            

17] Homewood vigil -- Jan. 8

18] Justice Café – Jan. 8            

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 8                

20] Gitmo lawyer to speak – Jan. 8

21] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 8

22] Women’s Bible Study – Jan. 9—Mar. 27

23] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 9                                 

24] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 9                                         

25] Sudan 365 – Jan. 9

26] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 9

27] CPHA neighborhood presentation – Jan. 9

28] Westminster WIB vigil – Jan. 9                                  

29] Drum for Peace – Jan. 9                    

30] Prayer experience – Jan. 9

31] Partners for Care – Jan. 10    

32] Bridge vigil – Jan. 10                                                                  

33] Progressive Working– Jan. 10

34] MLK Interfaith Service – Jan. 10

35] Quaker Peace Vigil – Jan. 10

36] Witness Against Torture – Jan. 10-22

37] Film WHY WE FIGHT – Jan. 10

38] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 10

39] Pentagon vigil – Jan. 11


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at  

4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  For more details and to download the order form, go to

Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to HoCoFoLA, PO Box 94, Columbia, MD  21045. Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.

5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.


6] – Unfortunately, the Off Center Media documentary DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE about William Kunstler is not scheduled for screening in Baltimore. However, the National Lawyers Guild is working on bringing the film by his two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler to Baltimore.  The Guild needs help in convincing the distributor that Baltimore cinephiles want to see the movie. Check out the website and you will be able to click on “demand” that the film comes to Baltimore.  Watch the trailer: to Facebook:


7] – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. has an exhibit Canvasing the Movement, which shows images of civil rights, past and present.  The exhibit will continue until Sun., Jan. 31.  Call 410-767-0473.  Go to

8] – The Baltimore County Planning Board has proposed legislation to drastically limit the placement of wind turbines in the County, including a prohibition on the sale of wind-generated power,  outlawing more than a single turbine on any piece of property regardless of the property's size, and limiting turbines to residential areas only. Be at a Planning Board hearing at 4 PM on Thurs., Jan. 7 in Room 104 of the Jefferson Bldg., 105 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson.  If enacted, this policy would set a damaging precedent, blocking decentralized low-cost power generation, an option now in its infancy but with tremendous promise.  It would impede new state laws intended to make Maryland a leader in the clean energy economy.  Planning Board contact is Barbara Weaver, and she can be reached at 410-887-3495 or

9] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Jan. 7 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

10] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next on Jan. 7, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

11] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Jan. 7 at 7 PM in a private home.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for directions.  Meetings will take place the first Thursday of the month.  The mission of the Crabshell Alliance is to stop the construction of new nuclear power plants in Maryland, promote clean, safe, sustainable, and affordable energy, and educate the public about the hazards of nuclear power.


12] – Phil Wheaton is speaking on Thurs., Jan. 7 at 7 PM about his critique of religious fundamentalism, based on his  book:  "Flowering of the Prophetic Word in the Americas: Unmasking Imperialism & Religious Fundamentalism.”  The event will be at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., WDC, across the street from the Folger.  Go to or call Rev. Conrad Braaten at 202-543-4200.


13] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to


14] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


15] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Jan. 8 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


16] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 8 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war with Iraq. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.

18] –  Attend the UDC Justice Café, co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America, from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., Jan. 8 in the Firebird Inn, Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Conn. Ave. NW, WDC 20008, which is hosted by the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law. The suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and $5 for children. The event will feature food, music, poetry, an open mic session, tabling and more. One of the performers is Mike Bowers, guitar and vocals.  Go to Contact Mike at FOR A FREE TABLE.  Use the Van Ness UDC Metro Station (Red Line).


19] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact Bruce Wolf -


20] – On Fri., Jan. 8 at 7:30 PM, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, as part of its Clarification of Thought series, presents Liz Bradley, who works with the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights.  She will speak about the current situation at Guantánamo, U.S. indefinite detention policies, and the status of the 600 prisoners being held at the Bagram U.S. Military Prison in Afghanistan.  The Catholic Worker is at 503 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, WDC 20010-1612.  Call 202-882-9649.


21] –  There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Jan. 8. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


22] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is starting a 12-week Bible Study for Women to study women then in the Bible and women now.  The first lesson will be on Eve - Romantic Temptation, starting on Sat., Jan. 9 at 9:30 AM. The bible study will continue each Saturday through Mar. 27 at Shiloh AME Church, 2601 Lyndhurst Ave. Baltimore 21216. The motto is "Biblically literate and spiritually strong women change and build themselves, families, communities and the world." If interested, call Mankekolo at 410-233-4649 or the Church at 410-367-8961. Rev. Charlotte Clemons is the senior pastor. Mankekolo’s book "One a Day Spiritual Vitamins" is available at $10:00 each plus $3:50 handling.

23] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Jan. 9. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


24] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to


25] – Sudan 365: Drumming for Peace (Rally) is happening Sat., Jan. 9, 11 AM to noon in a number of cities and countries in a drumbeat for peace in Sudan. This day will serve as a launching point for a yearlong effort to raise awareness about preventing the catastrophe of a return to widespread violence in Sudan. In Washington, DC, the event will begin at New York Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave., NW, WDC 20005. After the short program, there will be a march to Lafayette Park. Call 202-556-2112.  


26] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Jan. 9. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email


27] – Join CPHA for a new series that explores what’s happening in Baltimore neighborhoods. This is the second event in the series: Community “Sparkplugs” Take Action on Sat., Jan. 9, from noon to 2 PM at St. Veronica Church, 806 Cherry Hill RoadJoin the sparkplug teams for lunch, presentations and discussion. For CPHA members, the cost is $10, for non-members it is $15.  Mail your check made payable to CPHA / AYIC Series, 218 W. Saratoga Street, 5th floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.  Call in your credit card order to 410-539-1369, ext. 101. For information, call 410-539-1369, ext. 100 or email


28] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St. The next vigil will be Jan. 9. Email


29] – Come drum for peace every second Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, MD, 1127 Old Fallston Road (across Rte 152 from Fallston High).  On Jan. 9, the drum circle begins at 7 PM.  Call Franz at 410-925-9351.


30] –  On Sat., Jan. 9, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, celebrate creation and imagine peace at Parish Life Center, Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD  20866.  Join a prayer experience sponsored by Pax Christi Burtonsville and Integrity of Creation Committee at Resurrection. RSVP to Sr. Rita at or 301-236-5200, ext.22. 


31] – On Sun., Jan. 10 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Barbara Huston of partners in Care Maryland, a community nonprofit organization empowering older adults to remain independent in their own homes using the tool of time exchange or service-exchange as the basis for the program. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


32] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


33] – There’s a Progressive Working Group Meeting at 1:30 PM on Sun., Jan. 10 at the Progressive Maryland Office, 8720 Georgia Ave. #500, Silver Spring 20910.  Sixteen progressive groups have thus far signed on as endorsers of the coalition's three legislative priorities - (1) Campaign Finance Reform (CFR) legislation, (2) increased transparency and equal access in Maryland's State government, and (3) combined corporate reporting for income tax purposes.  Del. Tom Hucker, Del. Heather Mizeur and Del. Roger Manno will attend. Contact Wally Malakoff (


34] – Please join an Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Service on Sun., Jan. 10 at 3 PM at Asbury United Methodist Church, 11th & K Sts., NW. Free parking will be available in the public garage next door to the church.  Go to  


35] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


36] – From Sun., Jan. 10 through Fri., Jan. 22, Witness Against Torture will have a presence in Washington, D.C. to call for the closing of Guantanamo and to help make sure the public is aware that torture is evil.  Besides conducting a 10-day fast, there will be daily events.  Sign up by emailing Frida Berrigan at  Visit 


On Sun., Jan. 10 at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, WDC, there will be a meeting at 4 PM, a "final" meal at 6 PM and a film OUTSIDE THE LAW: STORIES FROM GUANTANAMO by Andy Worthington at 7 PM. On Mon., Jan. 11, at 11:30 AM, vigil with Guantanamo lawyers and the Center for Constitutional Rights @ the White House. At 12:30 PM there will be a procession to the National Press Club. At 1 PM, the vigil continues while CCR and WAT hold press conference at National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, WDC 20045.  At 7 PM, there will be a gathering @ G.U. Law School, McDonough 207, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, WDC, 20001  – Guantanamo, Torture, Accountability and Organizing in the Obama age.  Center for Constitutional Rights lawyers and activists will discuss the current and future state of detainees at Guantanamo, Bagram and elsewhere.

37] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM.

On Sun., Jan. 10, watch WHY WE FIGHT,  a large screen showing of the acclaimed documentary film as the approach of the fifth anniversary of its release and 49th anniversary of Pres. Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address on January 17, 1961, in which he warned of the "disastrous rise of misplaced power" that is the military-industrial complex. WHY WE FIGHT, directed by Eugene Jarecki, is a documentary film about the military-industrial complex during the past half century and its role in fueling wars to maintain U.S. dominance around the world and prospering the weapons manufacturers like Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Call 610-544-1818.

38] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Jan. 10. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


39] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Jan. 11, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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